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June 4, 2008

Intrafamilial Spread of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infections

JAMA. 2008;299(21):2511-2512. doi:10.1001/jama.299.21.2511-a

To the Editor: In his Clinical Crossroads article, Dr Moellering1 discussed the natural history, risk factors, epidemiology, and treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections, using the case of a man with a recurrent skin infection. He noted the risks of infection from close and intimate contact in settings where such infections have been documented (hospitals, nursing homes, prisons, and athletic contacts). However, only the patient mentioned his family (the site of the most prolonged and intimate contact for most patients) and 1-year-old son, “who's been on [antibiotics] ever since birth.”